I bought Molly some knitted cupcakes from ebay for her birthday last year, pre-knitting days. Oh they are so cute! So now I am feeling a bit more confident, I have been working on making some for myself. The first few attempts were a bit dodgy (too round...like a Christmas pudding!) or too big. In the end I realised I needed a different yarn (aran instead of DK) and lo and behold, here is the result! I am really pleased with them :)
Am knitting a set of six for one of Molly's friends birthday present next week.
I am so proud of them, I am going to share the pattern. I hope its readable, I have no experience in writing patterns! Feel free to make up for your own use or for charity, but please dont make them for profit. Thats a bit rude.
[This is an amended version of the pattern as of 23/3/09 which gives the same result but is (hopefully!) a bit clearer re the method of increasing for the cake part. Let me know if there are any other glitches.]
4mm needles, aran yarn (I used Patons Toddler Aran)
M1: Pick up loop between stitches and knit into the back of it to make an extra stitch.
Start with cake colour (mahogany for choccie cakes)
Cast on 7st
row 1: (K1, M1) 5 times, K1 - 11st
row 2: P
row 3: (K2, M1) 5 times, K1 - 16st
row 4: P
row 5: (K3, M1) 5 times, K1 - 21st
row 6: P
row 7-9: K
row 10: P
row 11: K4, (K1, M1, K6)x 2, K1, M1, K2 - 24st
row 12-14: stst, starting with a P row
row 15: K4 (K1, M1, K6)x 2, K1, M1, K5 - 27st
row 16: P
row 17: (K4, K1, M1) x 5, K2 - 32st
row 18: P
row 19: K6, (K1, M1, K8) x 2, K1, M1, K7 - 35st
row 20: P
Break off yarn and join icing colour
row 21-22: stst 2, starting with K
row 23: (K8, K2tog) x 3, K5 - 32st
row 24: P
row 25: (K4, K2tog) x 5, K2 - 27st
row 26: P
row 27: (K2tog) x 13, K1 - 14st
row 28: (P2tog) to end - 7st
Pass thread through stitches and pull tight. Sew up cake, leaving hole in bottom to stuff. Thread yarn through CO stitches and pull tight.
Starting with P, stst 8 rows. Thread yarn through stitches and round edges of work. Pull tightly to make ball. Sew onto cake, passing the thread through to bottom of cake to fasten off to give a little 'dip' in the centre of the cake.
Sew straight stitches randomly on top for 'sprinkles'
Using icing colour, Cast on 9st.
garter st 60 rows, Cast off.
Pick up and knit 28 stitches on row ends.
row 1: P
row 2: (K4, K2tog) x 4, K4 - 24st
row 3: P
row 4: (K2 K2tog) to end - 18st
row 5: P
row 6: K2tog to end - 9st
Thread yarn through stitches and pull up tight. Sew sides of case together.